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Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
Julian Barnes is a writer known for his inscrutability. His immaculately crafted novels and essays reveal much about his insights into the human condition, but little about the man himself. One thing we do know, however, is how much he loved his late wife, Pat Kavanagh. His short 'Parenthesis' in his novel 'A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters' was one of the rare times when Barnes let the mask slip and wrote about his personal love for his wife. Martin Amis, and other writers, have commented on Barnes's 'uxorious' nature - a word often mentioned in this book.

So perhaps we should not be so surprised to read Barnes's raw and emotionally lacerating account of the grief he has… Read more
The Lighthouse (SALT MODERN FICTION) by Alison Moore
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Lighthouse is a curious, original short novel. It begins as a neat seeming little story about a man reflecting on the events of his life whilst on a walking holiday in Germany, but ends with something much sinister. The twin narratives of Futh's circular walking trip from and back to the aptly named 'Hellhaus', and the claustrophobic sexual relations involving the guest house owners - Bernard and Esther, have several compelling parallels, and a denouement that is as thrilling as it is ambiguous.

The style and tone of the book are laced with well written imagery that depict the awkward sensations of life brilliantly -the dry mastication of eating a boiled egg, a lonely plate… Read more
One Day by David Nicholls
One Day by David Nicholls
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This novel will appeal to readers who like novels with characters they can 'identify with'. One Day, tracing the lives of Dexter and Emma will identify with many British readers. Both main characters lead lives embroiled in social and political environments that will be familiar with anyone who has grown up in the Britain of Thatcher, Major and Blair. Their stories have the universal quality that writers strive for, and I think this is why the book is so popular.

Yes the writing is pretty lowbrow, and the much vaunted wit of David Nicholls is not particularly apparent. One particularly poorly drawn minor character Ian, a boyfriend of Emma during one of her hapless phases, relies… Read more

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